It’s the fourth season of college football for Against All Enemies. As we’ve done in previous seasons, we’ll hand out an award each week, highlighting the best Service Academy player from the previous weekend’s games. We call this: The C.I.C. MVP.
Army improved to 3-0 on the 2021 season this past weekend by thrashing the UConn Huskies at Michie Stadium.
At home, the Black Knights hung 52 points on a squad that might finish this season winless.
Responsible for a good chunk of those points was Army’s starting quarterback, Christian Anderson. The 6-foot-1 senior from the Bronx, New York scored all three of his touchdowns in the first half and had Army up 21-0 just seconds into the second quarter.
With a comfortable lead midway through the second period, Anderson was pulled for Jemel Jones. In less than a half of football, Anderson shined, totaling 21 rushing yards and two touchdowns on six carries, while also completing 2-of-2 passes for 70 yards and another score.
For his performance, Anderson is this here blog’s C.I.C. MVP of the Week for Week Three of the 2021 college football season. Anderson was also C.I.C. MVP for Week One.
After Army’s defense forced UConn into a three-and-out to open the contest, Anderson — making his second straight start of the season — marched the Black Knights down the field quickly, covering 64 yards in just four plays. Anderson capped the drive off with his first score, a two-yard scamper into the end-zone.
Army scored again on its next drive, with Anderson ending a five-play drive by finding Isaiah Alston through the air for a 39-yard score. Anderson then scored on another short rushing touchdown on the next drive for the Black Knights.
Hard to be more wide open than that!— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) September 18, 2021
First career score for Isaiah Alston and he puts @ArmyWP_Football up two scores pic.twitter.com/CTFTqOwsVe
Through three games, Anderson has played very well. He’s completed 8-of-10 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns, and he’s only taken one sack and hasn’t thrown an interception. In the run game, the senior has racked up three more touchdowns while covering 195 yards on 43 touches, an average of 4.5 yards per-carry.
With Anderson leading the offense, Army is averaging 44.3 points per-game this season. The Black Knights will look for similar results, and another win, on Saturday vs. Miami (Ohio).